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Navarro: “I’m going to fight for a job”

Infielder Rey Navarro had his pick of teams that wanted to sign him as a minor league free agent. His decision became much easier when the Orioles stepped up with a major league offer. A spot on a 40-man roster with a winning team? Get the contract ready. “I’m really excited about it,” Navarro said Friday afternoon before getting ready for his next game with

Chuck Thompson CD is music to the ears

I’m making the nearly three-hour drive home from Ocean Pines on Sunday morning, which gives me a second chance to listen to a CD that Cubs radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes mailed to me last week. Hughes has created “Baseball Voices, Hall of Fame Series,” which pays tribute to some of the greatest announcers in history, including Red Barber, Harry Caray, Mel Allen, Harry Kalas,

AL East third basemen second to none

So how do you like the third basemen in the American League East these days? The roll call includes Manny Machado, Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval and now Josh Donaldson after last night’s trade between the Athletics and Blue Jays. It also includes Alex Rodriguez, which must make the Yankees dry heave. Longoria feels like the only holdover in the group. Donaldson arrived via trade, Sandoval

Important season coming up for Urrutia

Here’s hoping that everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving and no one bet the mortgage on the Cowboys. I’m heading out later today to buy a battery for my laptop. The power cord has a short in it, further complicating my efforts to post daily blog entries. Otherwise, it’s a piece of cake. Or a slice of pumpkin pie, if that’s your preference. I’ve

Orioles thankful for left-handed relievers

The Orioles currently have 20 pitchers on their 40-man roster, including two left-handed relievers who are recent additions to the group. They claimed Pat McCoy off waivers from the Tigers on Oct. 31, and we’re waiting to find out whether it’s a trick or a treat. It was a fun-size transaction, small in comparison to other moves made by teams during the offseason. (I know

Orioles acquire left-hander Scott Barnes, sign infielder Rey Navarro (updated)

The Orioles announced today that they acquired left-handed reliever Scott Barnes from the Indians for cash considerations and officially signed infielder Rey Navarro to a major league deal. The moves leave the Orioles with 39 players on their 40-man roster. Barnes, 27, appeared in 25 games (one start) with Triple-A Columbus in 2014, going 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA (31 2/3 innings, 13 earned runs).

Leftovers for breakfast

Too soon for leftovers? There will be lots of cold turkey and stuffing in the coming days. And if you’re like me, you’ll prefer the cranberry sauce that jiggles out of the can. In the meantime, I’ve got some leftover Orioles notes and quotes to pass down the table. Try not to spill them on the white tablecloth. As the Orioles began compiling a list

Dave Martinez could emerge as hitting coach candidate in Baltimore

Now that Dave Martinez has informed the Rays that he’s leaving the organization, the Orioles may add him to their list of candidates for the job of hitting coach. I was given a “maybe” by someone in the organization this afternoon when I asked about Martinez. The idea wasn’t shot down, so Martinez at least will get consideration for an interview. No more interviews are

Navarro in Baltimore, more on free agents and hitting coach situation

Infielder Rey Navarro, who agreed to a major league contract over the weekend, flew into Baltimore last night and will take his physical this morning. The Orioles will announce his signing and addition to the 40-man roster once they receive the results. The Orioles will have two open spots on their 40-man. One is reserved for the Rule 5 draft. Keep in mind that the

Manto: “I would love to have this job” (updated)

Former Oriole Jeff Manto drove to Baltimore today and spent about two hours interviewing for the vacant job of hitting coach. Manager Buck Showalter, executive vice president Dan Duquette and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson were in the room. Manto, the minor league hitting coordinator since November 2013, found out this morning that Jim Presley had been reassigned. The Orioles gave him the

Orioles interviewing Manto for hitting coach job

The Orioles began the process of interviewing hitting coaches today by meeting with Jeff Manto. No sense waiting until after the Thanksgiving holiday. The Orioles hired Manto as minor league hitting coordinator in November 2013, replacing Mike Boulanger in the role. He previously served as hitting coach with the Pirates in 2006-07 and the White Sox in 2012-13. The White Sox fired him following a

Breaking down Orioles’ playoff shares

The Orioles fell short in their run to the World Series this season. However, it turned out to be a profitable pursuit. Major League Baseball announced that the Orioles’ postseason share totaled $7,443,175.42, with the value of each full share being $125,288.04. The Orioles issued 52 full shares, a total of 6.25 partial shares and 36 cash awards. Players vote on the distribution of playoff

Orioles reassign hitting coach Jim Presley

So much for the Orioles returning all of their coaches in 2015. Though the entire staff is under contract, the Orioles have reassigned hitting coach Jim Presley within the organization at his request and will begin interviewing candidates this week, according to multiple sources. Presley’s reassignment is due to personal reasons, according to sources, and not related to the club’s performance. He could get involved

BBWAA announces Hall of Fame ballot

Five former Orioles are included on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot, which was released today by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The ballot contains 17 newcomers and 17 holdovers, and is being mailed this week to more than 575 voting members of the BBWAA. The former Orioles are pitchers Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith, and outfielders Tim Raines and Sammy Sosa.

Melky Cabrera a “fallback option” for the Orioles

So how do you feel about Melky Cabrera? I’m just curious, since I’ve heard from multiple people that he’s a “fallback option” for the Orioles if they can’t re-sign Nick Markakis. His name has been discussed. He’s on the radar, as the kids say. Cabrera’s 50-game suspension after testing positive for testosterone occurred two years ago, one month after he was named Most Valuable Player

Thoughts on Wieters and Davis

One of the more popular questions that I receive in television and radio interviews centers on the Orioles’ intentions with catcher Matt Wieters and first baseman Chris Davis, both pending free agents following the 2015 season. Rather than being asked about possible contract extensions, the inquiries are aimed at whether the Orioles will consider trading Wieters and Davis over the winter or during the season.

Orioles sign Rey Navarro to major league deal

The Orioles left three spots open on their 40-man roster Thursday as the midnight deadline approached to set it before the Rule 5 draft. They intended to add another player to it. They just needed infielder Rey Navarro to accept their major league offer. It’s a done deal. Navarro, 24, has agreed to terms with the Orioles after becoming a minor league free agent, according

Buck Britton signs with Dodgers (updated)

The Orioles wanted to re-sign infielder Buck Britton, who spent seven years in their organization before becoming a minor league free agent. However, they sensed that he had a better offer waiting for him and figured they were going to lose him. Sure enough, the Dodgers signed Britton to a minor league contract today that most likely includes an invitation to spring training. Update: Britton

Machado has green light to move over to shortstop if needed

Once the ink dried on J.J. Hardy’s three-year contract extension on Oct. 10, the talk of possibly moving Manny Machado from third base to shortstop on a regular basis was silenced. The Orioles didn’t give Hardy $40 million so he could change positions. He’s the shortstop. While there’s no disputing Hardy’s placement in the infield, what happens if he’s lost to injury for an extended

Orioles sign Janish to minor league deal (updated with two more signings)

The Orioles have been negotiating with the agents for free agent infielders Paul Janish and Rey Navarro with the intent of signing both players. A club official has confirmed that they reached agreement today with Janish. One down, one to go. Janish signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Janish, 32, hit a combined .268/.323/.359 this year in 113 games

A few afternoon notes

The Orioles are continuing with their attempts to sign minor league free-agent shortstop Rey Navarro and talks are progressing, according to sources. They’re making a strong push for him. Keep in mind that the Orioles have 37 players on their 40-man roster after yesterday’s maneuvering. Navarro, 24, batted a combined .282/.343/.435 this season with 34 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 57 RBIs in

Orioles not interested in Jimenez-Swisher trade

Back at the 2012 Winter Meetings in Nashville, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat down with agent Dan Lozano to gauge whether his club might be a match for free agent outfielder Nick Swisher. The Orioles were among four teams to meet with Lozano that day. Duquette viewed Swisher as a possible replacement for free agent left fielder Nate McLouth, as well as a

Orioles select contracts of Wright and Wilson (with Duquette quotes)

The Orioles announced today that they selected the contracts of right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft that will be held on the final day of the Winter Meetings on Dec. 11 in San Diego. The Orioles have 37 players on their 40-man roster. They’re expected to make a selection in the Rule 5 draft. Wilson, 25, was chosen

Orioles claim Alex Hassan off waivers

The Orioles put in a waiver claim on outfielder Alex Hassan earlier this week and lost him to the Athletics. Today the Orioles got him. The team announced that it claimed Hassan off waivers and added him to the 40-man roster, which now contains 35 players as we approach the midnight deadline. Hassan, a 20th-round pick of the Red Sox in the 2009 First-Year Player

Davis talks about suspension on radio station, another minor league signing

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis declined to speak with reporters following Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in Kansas City, a loss that completed the Royals’ sweep. However, he spoke about his 25-game suspension this week during an appearance on a Baltimore radio station. Interviewed on WRBS-FM, a contemporary Christian music station also known as 95.1 SHINE-FM, Davis expressed regret over his suspension

Notes on Young, Jimenez, De Aza, minors and more

The Orioles remain open to re-signing free agent outfielder Delmon Young, who evolved into baseball’s best pinch-hitter this season. However, Young is looking for a two-year deal, which doesn’t figure to provide a match. If Young returns to Baltimore, the agreement likely would cover only the 2015 season. Young, naturally, will seek a lengthier contract after auditioning for the Orioles at their minicamp in January

Orioles re-sign Almanzar and Jones, sign seven others to minor league deals

The Orioles are taking care of minor league business today, re-signing infielder Michael Almanzar and left-hander Chris Jones, and signing seven players from outside the organization. Also signed were left-handers Frank Gailey and Ronan Pacheco, infielder/outfielder Derrik Gibson, shortstop Ozzie Martinez and right-handers Tim Gustafson, Kenn Kasparek and Mikey O’Brien. I wrote about Martinez on Monday. His signing became official today. Gibson, 24, may be

Should Orioles consider dealing Norris?

Six starters for five spots in the rotation. The math still hasn’t changed, no matter how often I check the figures. No matter how often I use the calculator on my iPhone. No matter how often I remove my shoes and count on my own. The Orioles are always in the market for pitching, but they most certainly will listen to offers for their starters.

Orioles re-sign Drake

The Orioles are keeping pitcher Oliver Drake in the organization, signing him today to a major league contract. Drake, who has options remaining, became a minor league free agent following the season and drew enough interest that the Orioles inked him to a major league deal. He’s added to the 40-man roster for the second time in his professional career. Drake, chosen in the 43rd

Duke deal must make Miller want more

If the floor seems to be vibrating beneath your feet, it’s just reliever Andrew Miller jumping up and down. The guy is 6-foot-7. The tremors are going to travel. The White Sox announced today that they signed left-handed reliever Zach Duke to a three-year, $15 million contract. Duke, 31, will be paid $4.5 million in 2015, $5 million in 2016 and $5.5 million in 2017,

A sizzling day in the hot stove season, more on Miller and wondering about Wieters

The temperature soared on baseball’s hot stove yesterday with news that the Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year extension worth $325 million, the largest contract in the history of sports, the Blue Jays signed free agent catcher Russell Martin and the Braves traded outfielder Jason Heyward to the Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller. Pitchers Jordan Walden and Tyrell Jenkins also were involved in the

Orioles sign infielder Ozzie Martinez

Searching for middle infield depth, the Orioles have signed Ozzie Martinez to a minor league contract. A team official confirmed the transaction. Martinez, 26, batted .288/.340/.350 with 11 doubles and two triples in 78 games with Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves organization. He also played in 33 games at Double-A Chattanooga in the Dodgers system. Martinez, an 11th-round pick by the Marlins in the 2006

Nothing new with Markakis over the weekend

The weekend passed without the Orioles reaching agreement with right fielder Nick Markakis on a four-year contract. It doesn’t appear that the two sides have additional talks scheduled at the moment. Of course, that can change in a hurry, but it’s pretty quiet. Nothing was arranged heading into last week’s general managers’ meetings in Phoenix, but Markakis’ agent, Jamie Murphy, and Orioles executive vice president

Graham on Alvarez: “He could help in the big leagues next year”

While I fully expect Nick Markakis to be playing right field for the Orioles on opening day, I don’t mind revisting the Dariel Alvarez question. Again, no. He isn’t going to break camp with the Orioles in 2015. He wouldn’t be Markakis’ replacement if negotiations fell apart. Will Alvarez be in the majors at some point next season? I really like his chances. So does

Decision pending on De Aza

With all the focus on re-signing free agents Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz and Andrew Miller - listed in order of probability - it’s easy to forget that the Orioles need to decide which arbitration-eligible players are tendered contracts for 2015. Let’s start with “the vast majority” and work our way up. Actually, let’s start with a reminder of the 11 players, including their salaries this

Burnett off the board

One day after shooting down the A.J. Burnett rumor, I can pass along that the right-hander has agreed to terms with the Pirates. The news has been confirmed by multiple media outlets. Burnett’s one-year deal with the Pirates is for $8.5 million, according to reports. He turned down a $12.75 million option with the Phillies in order to sign with a contender. We now live

Checking on last winter’s free agent targets and rumors

Now that the general managers’ meetings are done, we can look forward to my version of Hell Week, more commonly known as baseball’s Winter Meetings. They’re so important, we use uppercase letters. The meetings will be held next month in San Diego. Beautiful weather, but it hardly matters when you spend all five days inside a hotel. You sit in the workroom, you walk around

Cruz and Jones receive votes for AL MVP

Angels outfielder Mike Trout ran away with the BBWAA’s Most Valuable Player award in the American League, the announcement coming tonight on MLB Network. Trout is no longer a bridesmaid or baseball’s version of Susan Lucci. It wasn’t enough to be nominated. He finally won - the 10th player in baseball history to be a unanimous selection. Trout batted .287/.377/.561 with 39 doubles, nine triples,

A few afternoon notes

More awards will be announced tonight on MLB Network with the unveiling of the Most Valuable Players in both leagues. The Angels’ Mike Trout, the Tigers’ Victor Martinez and the Indians’ Michael Brantley are the American League finalists. Trout is expected to win handily. I’ll check whether Orioles outfielders Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz received any votes. That’s the assumption. Jones finished sixth in 2012

Leftovers for breakfast

The general managers’ meetings conclude today in Phoenix and it’s doubtful that any team will trump the Tigers’ signing of free agent Victor Martinez to a four-year, $68 million deal. Martinez turns 36 in December. Nelson Cruz turns 35 in July and he wants a five-year deal. Four years may not be out of the question, but it’s not likely to come from the Orioles.

Update on Wieters’ rehab

Matt Wieters had his right elbow examined earlier today by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and the news remains positive as the Orioles catcher continues his rehabilitation. “It went well,” Wieters said tonight. “He said everything looked good. Just keep progressing.” Andrews examined Wieters in Pensacola, Fla. He also has an office in Birmingham, Ala. Wieters underwent surgery on June 17 to replace a

Orioles met with Markakis’ agent at GM meetings

The Orioles re-opened contract talks with the agent for right fielder Nick Markakis this afternoon during the general managers’ meetings in Phoenix. Executive vice president Dan Duquette met with Markakis’ representative, Jamie Murphy, one day after sitting down with Diego Bentz, the agent for outfielder Nelson Cruz. Duquette didn’t indicate that a deal with Markakis is close, but it’s still expected to be completed after

Duquette updates negotiations and more on MLB Network

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette remains hopeful that the Orioles can re-sign outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, and he hasn’t dismissed the possibility of retaining highly coveted left-hander Andrew Miller. Duquette met with Cruz and agent Diego Bentz yesterday at the general managers’ meetings in Phoenix and could sit down with Markakis’ representative, Jamie Murphy, later today. Nothing is scheduled at the moment,

Showalter’s award, negotiations and more

As you’re going to notice from my Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, which I’ve posted below, I have no issues with the Orioles’ Buck Showalter being named American League Manager of the Year. Count me among the 25 voters who placed him first. My issue was deciding which manager to omit among the Angels’ Mike Scioscia, the Royals’ Ned Yost and the Mariners’ Lloyd

Buck Showalter named AL Manager of the Year

Orioles manager Buck Showalter still feels twinges of anger and disappointment when reflecting back on the four-game sweep in the American League Championship Series, on how his season came to a screeching halt with more baseball left to play. Awards don’t heal the wounds, but they bring recognition so richly deserved after a 96-win season and the organization’s first division title in 17 years. Showalter

“Because You Asked - Money Never Sleeps”

The Orioles didn’t factor into the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Rookie of the Year voting, the results revealed last night on MLB Network. The White Sox’s Jose Abreu was a unanimous choice in the American League, and none of the Orioles received a vote. The tide turns tonight. Buck Showalter is expected to be named AL Manager of the Year for the third time

Duquette named Sporting News Executive of the Year

The Orioles’ first division title in 17 years has brought more recognition to executive vice president Dan Duquette. Duquette has been named 2014 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by the Sporting News, the announcement coming tonight during the annual general managers’ meetings in Phoenix. Duquette received his award, which has existed since 1936, after being chosen by a panel of 33 major league

Cruz rejects qualifying offer

With the deadline passing for players to make decisions on qualifying offers, outfielder Nelson Cruz has rejected the one extended to him last week. Cruz was assured of turning down the Orioles’ $15.3 million offer. It just became official this afternoon. The Orioles will receive a compensatory draft pick if Cruz signs with another team. Teams have made 34 qualifying offers over three seasons, including

Duquette set for start of GM meetings

Nelson Cruz still hasn’t officially declined the Orioles’ $15.3 million qualifying offer. The announcement will come later today. Meanwhile, the Orioles are trying to reach agreement with Cruz and Nick Markakis on multi-year deals. “We’re still working on it,” said executive vice president Dan Duquette. A deal with Markakis remains the most likely outcome. Cruz will have to come down from four years. The general

Orioles and Blue Jays discussed Adam Lind trade

The Orioles will explore trade options as well as check the free agent market while attempting to upgrade their roster. In that regard, it’s going to be a typical winter. According to multiple sources, they spoke to the Blue Jays about first baseman Adam Lind and were unable to agree on a return before he was traded to the Brewers last weekend for pitcher Marco

Jones on Markakis, Showalter and his latest charitable endeavor

Adam Jones returned from last night’s Rawlings Gold Glove Award ceremony in New York with continued confidence that the Orioles will re-sign Nick Markakis, whose agent remains in negotiations with the club. Jones, Markakis and shortstop J.J. Hardy received their awards last night. “I’ve been speaking with him a lot,” Jones said following today’s dedication ceremony at the Westport Boys and Girls Club in Baltimore.

Notes on Hunter and Russell

Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter is entering his final winter of arbitration eligibility before he can test free agency. He’s not losing sleep over it. Or his sense of humor. “I had a good second half for that,” said Hunter, who posted a 1.77 ERA in his last 43 appearances. “It’s a roller coaster, baseball is, and you try to ride those upward climbs as long

Roster for Japan All-Star Series, list of minor league free agents

Major League Baseball released its roster today for the “Japan All-Star Series 2014,” and Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter is joined by 28 other players who will compete against Samurai Japan. The pitching staff includes Jeff Beliveau (Rays), Jerry Blevins (Nationals), Chris Capuano (Yankees), Randy Choate (Cardinals), Jeremy Guthrie (Royals), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Mark Melancon (Pirates), Franklin Morales (Rockies), Hector Santiago (Angels), Matt Shoemaker (Angels), Jose

Left-handed relief a priority for Orioles

As the Orioles monitor the free agent market and check on potential trade partners, they’re placing heavy emphasis on finding a left-hander reliever this winter. It’s their primary focus at the moment. This could be viewed as a sign that they’re not optimistic about re-signing Andrew Miller, a free agent with numerous suitors who may command a four-year deal for closer-type money. The projected bullpen

Notes on FanFest and Silver Slugger Awards

The Orioles announced today that their annual FanFest will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Convention Center. More information will become available later. For now, you’ll need to be satisfied with the date. Save it. The Silver Slugger Awards were handed out tonight, the selections revealed on MLB Network, and the Orioles were shut out after winning three of them in 2013. Nelson

Hunter on MLB team touring Japan, Showalter on MLB Network

Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter received a phone call from an official with the Major League Baseball Players Association about two weeks ago asking whether he’d be interested in participating in All-Star Series 2014 in Japan later this month. The answer came without hesitation. “It was pretty much a no-brainer,” Hunter said. A collection of major leaguers will play a five-game series against Japan’s national team,

Next up: The Silver Slugger Award

One night after winning three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, the Orioles were shut out in the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards. The Wilson Award, founded in 2012, doesn’t separate the winners by leagues. They’re determined by using a formula that relies heavily on scouting information, sabermetric analysis and traditional statistics. The Braves’ Andrelton Simmons was named top shortstop instead of J.J. Hardy. The

Cruz talks Orioles on MLB Network Radio, Patton suspended again

Nelson Cruz, interviewed today on MLB Network Radio, stated again that his first choice in free agency is to remain with the Orioles. Winning is his first priority when deciding on a team, and that’s why he signed a one-year deal with the Orioles in spring training. It all sounds so good, but Cruz initially sought a five-year deal and the most recent reports have

This, that and the other

The Orioles have three Gold Glove winners in 2014. However, I wouldn’t expect the team to bring home the Platinum Glove for a second consecutive season. Third baseman Manny Machado won it in 2013. Shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis are eligible this year. It would be an upset if Royals left fielder Alex Gordon didn’t win it. The

Hardy, Jones and Markakis win Gold Glove Awards

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy maintained his streak of winning Rawlings Gold Gloves, capturing the award tonight for the third consecutive season. The announcement was made on ESPN2. Hardy finished ahead of the Royals’ Alcides Escobar and the White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez. The ceremony will be held on Nov. 7 in New York. As you probably know, the selection process is approximately 75 percent votes submitted

Showalter finalist for BBWAA Manager of the Year Award (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is included among the finalists named tonight for the annual Baseball Writers Association of America awards. The candidates were revealed on MLB Network. Showalter joins the Angels’ Mike Scioscia and the Royals’ Ned Yost as the three American League finalists after leading the Orioles to 96 wins in the regular season and their first division title and appearance in the Championship

Meek chooses free agency

The Orioles announced today that reliever Evan Meek refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk and elected free agency. Meek, 31, went 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA in 23 1/3 innings over 23 games with the Orioles and 2-0 with a 1.94 ERA and 16 saves in 41 2/3 innings over 39 games with Norfolk. He signed a minor league deal in February following a

More on qualifying offers, BBWAA awards and Rawlings Gold Gloves

The Orioles have taken care of the obvious pieces of business over the past few days, picking up the options on pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O’Day, declining the options on right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Nick Hundley, making a qualifying offer to outfielder Nelson Cruz, and reinstating catcher Matt Wieters and third baseman Manny Machado from the 60-day disabled list. The only drama

Cruz receives qualifying offer

The Orioles made the expected move this afternoon and extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Nelson Cruz. The deadline was 5 p.m. Cruz will turn it down, of course, and continue to seek a four- or five-year deal in free agency. The Orioles will continue to negotiate with his agent, Diego Bentz of Relativity Sports, but so can every other team. The Orioles

Will Orioles try to add another starter?

The Orioles were determined to sign a starting pitcher last winter and ended up with three after reporting to spring training, reaching agreements with Suk-min Yoon, Ubaldo Jimenez and Johan Santana. They also kept checking on Ervin Santana before the Braves struck a deal. They previously made offers to A.J. Burnett, Bronson Arroyo and Gavin Floyd, rotation depth being a priority in the warehouse. Yoon

Catching up on Hundley and Markakis

The Orioles are determined to make some sort of a move each day until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. They may slow down on Thanksgiving, probably from the tryptophan in the turkey. Otherwise ... With Nick Hundley becoming a free agent over the weekend, the Orioles are left with four catchers on their 40-man roster. I’m including Matt Wieters, who will come off

Orioles announce decision on Hundley option

The other shoe dropped tonight. The Orioles just confirmed that they declined the $5 million option on Nick Hundley’s contract, making the veteran catcher a free agent. Hundley made $4 million this season while batting .233/.273/.352 with four doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs in 50 games with the Orioles. He threw out 5 of 27 (19 percent) runners attempting to steal after going

Taking another look at Orioles’ arbitration-eligible players

Pitcher Max Scherzer, the 2013 Cy Young Award winner, is a free agent after turning down the Tigers’ offer of a six-year, $144 million extension in March. They made a qualifying offer to him yesterday, which he’s also going to toss away like circus peanuts in a Halloween bag. I mention it only as a pre-emptive strike against fans and media who try to connect

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